Umbraco Setup Documentation

8th August, 2008 – 9:35 am

At work I’ve been looking at CMS solutions.  I’ve found Umbraco to be an excellent little CMS which seems to have some excellent features, is built on ASP.NET and is also is open source.

What it does seem to have suffered from is a lack of documentation on taking an existing website and importing in and providing a non-technical user with the content panels so that they can update their site.  As part of my exercise at work I created this document which aims to address some of this.  I’m going to publish it as an Umbraco book when it’s been reviewed so it’s here now as a Word doc for those interested. – please let me know of any errors, typos etc you find.


  1. 6 Responses to “Umbraco Setup Documentation”

  2. Hi Steve.

    I just took a quick read through your guide, and I think it is an amazing contribution to the “Getting started” part of the Umbraco documentation.

    Good job!

    By Morten Bock on Aug 16, 2008

  3. Thanks Morten, I’m going to add it as a book but the site is throwing an exception when I try and create it.

    I aim to add a section on dealing with images as this seems to confuse a lot of people.

    By Steve Morgan on Aug 17, 2008

  4. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for doing the Umbraco document, it has definitely helped me get started. At the end of section 3.4 you write:
    “Leave the site navigation panels – there is a tool to do this for you which we’ll see later.”

    I couldn’t find any content for doing primary and secondary navs. Is this something you have added since publishing?

    By Will Rands on Sep 23, 2008

  5. Hi Will,

    Ah – no! I had a couple of extra sections that I didn’t get the time to look at (images being a big one).

    I followed these steps here:

    Don’t hestitate is joining the forum – they are very friendly and helpful!

    Glad you found it useful.

    By Steve Morgan on Sep 23, 2008

  6. Hi Steve

    Your startup guide is great, it really helped me out starting. Thanks a lot. Do you have a finishing off guide? I’m trying to publish an intranet on MS Server 2012 and just can’t do it. It’s been days now! I’ve never done this before.
    Thanks a lot.

    By Tony Groome on Jul 9, 2015

  7. Woah! This documentation is seriously out of date! Amazing it’s still useful!

    To deploy you should just ensure you’ve got all the file permissions correct (check Umbraco can write to the App_data) check Umbraco can access the sql server (almost all errors are due to this) and ensure you have URL Rewriting enabled on IIS.

    Start slow – can you create a website instance, can you run a simple hello world bit of .net c#? Then add Umbraco.

    By Steve Morgan on Jul 9, 2015

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